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Libya attack brings up questions about security

Russ Jones   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Terrorist attacks in Libya have intelligence officials questioning the Obama administration's handling of security information, and Vice President Joe Biden's recent contradiction of sworn testimony of State Department officials has some expressing betrayal.

During the vice presidential debate last week, Biden said, "We weren't told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again."

Retired U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer Frank Wuco, host of the Florida-based Frank Wuco Show on Clear Channel Media, says there has been a level of security violations that rivals the most severe espionage cases he has seen in 30 years of intelligence work.

Wuco

"To me the final straw was when the vice president threw the entire intelligence community under the bus with his sort of blaming the entire handling of what happened before, during, and after Benghazi through today as somehow the fault of relying solely upon the intelligence community's assessment of what happened," he declares. "And that is just garbage."

Wuco points out the administration did not wait for an intelligence assessment, but blamed the violence on an anti-Muslim YouTube video from the onset.

"This has become political because people are seeing front and center the result of a presidential election and how this plays out in things like foreign policy, how it plays out in the lives of Americans and, in the case of Benghazi, how it played out in the deaths of four Americans," he tells OneNewsNow. "So there's no escape from this becoming political."

On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated she is responsible for the security lapses of American diplomatic outposts. "The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals," Clinton said. "They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and ranking member Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, announced Friday they would conduct a bipartisan inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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